Meet Our Dental Team Meridian

A Team That is Committed to Your Smile

Dental team member smiling in Meridian dental office

Many dental offices look at their patients as numbers. Unable to recall names, they spend more of their time getting as many people in and out as possible. You won’t find that at RidgeGate Dental. Instead, our long-standing Meridian dental team believes in caring for more than just your smile. We want to get to know you as a person. We view you as a member of our dental family, which is why we will stop at nothing to make sure you remain comfortable and well-informed about your dental care.

Diane R., Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Diane R

Diane has worked as a dental hygienist for over 35 years and been with Dr. Ahern for over 20. Throughout her career, she has found great joy in the relationships she has built with both our patients and fellow staff members. She received her degree in Florida where she was elected President of the Junior American Dental Hygiene Association. She is currently a member of the Willow Creek Study Club and has experience working in pediatric and periodontal offices in addition to certifications in local anesthesia and laser treatment.

Diane has been married for over 40 years, and she and her husband are grateful for their three grown children and four energetic grandsons. Diane enjoys family time most of all, and she also likes to go running and camping, make quilts, and volunteer with her church.

Jessica, Front Office

Front office team member Jessica

Jessica loves being part of a team that wants to genuinely help people with their dental needs and excels at doing just that! She spent the first ten years of her career working in endodontic and oral surgery practices in Denver and has enjoyed the transition to general dentistry.

Jessica has been married to her wonderful husband for 25+ years, and they have a full Sausage Squad made up of three miniature dachshunds-Frank, Olive, and Pippa. She donates a lot of her time to a Christian Ministry, and when she has a rare afternoon or evening off, it usually consists of relaxing with dinner and a movie.

Trina, Registered Dental Assistant

Registered dental assistant Trina

Trina has had an amazing 35+ year career in dentistry. In fact, when she started at our practice, her daughter (who is now in her 20s) was a little girl, and her teenage son wasn’t born yet. She loves that she has gotten to know our patients, then their children, and even some of their grandchildren over the years. She completed her dental training through UCLA, is certified through PAC Live Cosmetics in San Francisco, and has previous experience working with general dentists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists.

Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Trina has been married for 25+ years, and as you already know, is a proud mother of two. Her favorite things to do outside of dentistry include hiking, practicing yoga, riding her Peloton, sewing, baking, and taking road trips.